More than $150,000 has been awarded to four drug prevention programs in Maine focused on reducing prescription drug abuse in the state.The recipients include, People’s Regional Opportunity Program of Portland, Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, York Hospital and the Maine Judicial Branch.The funding comes from a federal 1.1 million forfeiture as a result of an international marijuana smuggling ring that the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency helped to break in 2004.
A reminder to folks that many Maine State Government offices will be closed Thursday, December 23 as a cost saving measure.They will also be closed on Friday, December 24th in observance of Christmas.Folks are encouraged to check with a specific agency before seeking state services Thursday.This is the fifth of 10 State Government closure days.
The group hoping to allow voters to decide on a new Bangor arena says all the facts and figures aren’t getting out to the public correctly.Long time basketball coach Bob Cimbollek is leading the referendum effort.Wednesday, he held a press conference outside City Hall to re-inforce his opinion that taxpayers should decide on a new arena, not city councilors.Cimbollek says years ago he suggested adding $3 to ticket prices and using that money for the new building, “I’d rather have them all mad at me for 3 bucks a head than have them laughing at us all for nothing, because that’s what it boils down to.
Waterville city councilors voted Tuesday on whether or not pornography, nudity, escort services and massage parlors should be banned in the downtown.The council voted unanimously to ban the adult material from the downtown area, but this is only the first reading of the ordinance.They plan to review and vote on the ordinance a total of three times before casting the final vote.After Tuesday’s reading, many councilors wanted the wording in the ordinance to be more specific.Councilors would also like to look into exploring the possibility of banning such services in areas other than just the downtown part of the city, something mayor Paul LePage agrees with.According to the Morning Sentinel, he’s said if adult entertainment is going to be banned in one area it should be banned in the whole city.The next reading will be at the January 11th city council meeting.
Nine people died homeless on the streets of Bangor last year.Organizers of Bangor’s Annual Homeless Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil are hoping to remind people of the everyday struggles the homeless among us endure.Penobscot Community Healthcare, The Hammond Street Congregational Church and The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter sponsored a candlelight walk Tuesday night.The walk began at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter on Main Street and ended at the Hammond Street Congregational Church.The walk was followed by a service at the Church.
Cancer Care of Maine got a boost from a local book illustrator today.Collette King was at Eastern Maine Medical Center to sign copies of “Lost in Bangor.”It’s a children’s book her daughter wrote and she illustrated.King and her daughter are donating all proceeds from sales at EMMC’s auxiliary gift shop to Cancer Care of Maine.You can also find the book “Lost in Bangor” at Rebecca’s, Frank’s Bakery and the Airport Mall.
Bangor’s Red Cross Donor Center is dedicating this week to a local toddler.2-and-a-half year old Jacob Hall has an undiagnosed blood disorder.He’s been in and out of hospitals for blood transfusions since he was born.The Red Cross says they want to help his family raise awareness about the importance of blood donations.The Hammond St.
There’s a new set of eyes overlooking production at the Woodland Pulp Mill’s headquarters in Baileyville and his name is Bert Martin.On Tuesday, Governor Baldacci met with Martin to discuss the future of the mill.As Diana Bosch found out, plans could include more jobs for the Baileyville community.”We want to operate the mill to its capacity,” Martin told us.Currently, the mill produces twelve hundred metric tons per day.Martin and his company, International Grand Investment Corporation, bought the mill from the Domtar Corporation in October for 64 million dollars.Governor Baldacci visited the facility which shut down in 2007, leaving 150 people out of work.
Today, a fire destroyed a Winterport home.It’s left at least one man without a place to stay this Christmas.The blaze broke out at this house on Twining Road around two o’clock this afternoon.The homeowner was inside when it started, but was able to get out with no injuries.Multiple fire departments responded to the fire.By the time it was under control, Winterport Fire Chief, Thomas Doe, says the house was nearly gone.”When we arrived on scene the second floor of the addition was fully involved.
A fire displaced two people from their home in Hancock last night.The Hancock Fire Chief says Gregory Trundy awoke to black smoke in his house on Old Route 1 around 8:30.Hancock Fire, along with three other departments responded to what began as a chimney fire, then turned into a structure fire.Crews were able to knock down the fire within a couple of hours.Both occupants of the home were able to escape.